A police K-9 tracked down the women near Hillcrest Avenue, after the trio bailed out of their car and fled on foot, police said.
Police said they arrested Eni Rondon, 36, of Lawrence, Mass.; Kristin Hawthorne, 29, of Wakefield, NH and Sarah Currier, 27, of Manchester shortly after 4 p.m. after they fled from the Marshall’s department store in a car that took off south on Route 28.
Currier was charged with simple assault for striking a store clerk, police said. A man who was also riding in the car was released and not charged, police said.
Rondon and Hawthorne were no strangers to getting in trouble at the store.
They were charged and convicted last year doing a similar type heist from the Route 28 retailer last March 25, court records show.
On Friday, police were called to the store, located at 265 S. Broadway, for a report of several shoplifters who took off in a vehicle, according to Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten.
A police officer spotted the vehicle that the women were traveling in before it took off south on Route 28, Patten said.
The car turned off on Hillcrest Avenue, a dead end, and the people inside the car scattered on foot, police said.
After dispatching a police K-9, the suspects were apprehended a short time later, police said.
Police said drugs and drug paraphernalia were found in the vehicle. Roughly $100 worth of merchandise was taken from the store.
Last March, Rondon and Hawthorne were involved in a theft from the same store and fled in a vehicle. Police said they followed their car, which turned off onto Cluff Crossing Road into an apartment complex, where they were arrested for stealing 15 packages of perfume and a purse, valued in total at $582. Rondon received a 9 month jail sentence in that case.
She was held on bail on charges of felon in possession of a dangerous weapon and resisting arrest following her arrest on Friday. Rondon also had several active arrest warrants in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, police said.
Hawthorne was charged with false report to law enforcement, resisting arrest and also had warrants for her arrest.
Currier was charged with simple assault, resisting arrest, theft and disobeying a police officer. All three women were arraigned in 11th Circuit Court in Salem on Monday.
Methuen MA Sept 29 2011 Prosecutors say an armored car robbery in Methuen on Wednesday afternoon was an inside job, cooked up by the two guards and a third man who played the role of the robber.
Justin Levesque, 43, of Cumberland, R.I., and Eliezer Martinez, 26, of Lawrence, allegedly agreed with Willie Salazar Vasquez, 22, of Lawrence that Vasquez would rob them. Vasquez’s performance included taping up the eyes and hands of Levesque.
After committing the make-believe robbery of the Garda armored car, Vasquez went to his home in Lawrence with the stolen money and a gun he had taken from one of the guards, prosecutors said.
Levesque and Vasquez pleaded not guilty today in Lawrence District Court. A judge set $150,000 cash bail. A pretrial hearing was slated for Oct. 14.
Martinez, who suffered chest pains after the robbery, was still in the hospital, but he was expected to be arraigned later this afternoon.
Officials said the men had stolen an estimated $400,000 in cash and checks, which the armored car had picked up on its daily rounds.
Methuen police said Monday that the armored car had been robbed after a man disarmed a guard at the Big Lots department store.
The robber commandeered the vehicle, then exited it near the intersection of Jackson and Prospect streets in Methuen. The guards then drove to the Methuen police station to report the robbery, police said at the time.
The armored car had traveled on its regular route to Methuen from Needham, according to Methuen Police Lieutenant Kevin J. Martin. Detectives and FBI agents spent Monday night dusting the vehicle for fingerprints and other evidence.
Garda did not have a comment this morning on the arrest of two of its employees.